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Starving for Help - Understanding the warning signs of an eating disorder written by: Dwight Bain

Starving to death is common in third world countries because they don’t have enough food to eat. Starving for help is a different yet equally serious problem because it isn’t about getting enough food to feed the physical body, rather, it’s about restricting food for the purposes of controlling body image. Starving for help is fueled by the struggle over 80% of American women experience daily, because that’s how many women are dissatisfied with their appearance or have deep insecurities their weight; which often can lead to developing an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. In the United States eating disorders have become serious health problems impacting almost 10 million women and over a million men according to research from the National Eating Disorders Association, yet the overwhelming majority of people struggling in this area feel too ashamed to ask anyone for help so they suffer alone in silence.
Consider how often we hear warnings about the risk factors from things like …

OUT OF WHACK: THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCE IN THE LIFE OF OUR ADOLESCENTS, BY AARON WELCH, MA, LMHC, PC

Have you ever lost your balance? You know, you are walking along, singing the few words you actually know from the song you just heard on the radio when, suddenly, a clever square of sidewalk instantly raises its corner, catches your shoe, and hurtles you forward, out of control! You desperately try to regain your equilibrium or, at least, try to catch yourself as you skid onto the unforgiving concrete. What is your first reaction? To check your wounds? To make sure your clothes are intact? No! You do what any conscientious American would do-----make sure nobody saw you! That response is quickly followed by looking back in disgust at that vindictive portion of sidewalk, which was obviously at fault!
Haven’t we all lost our balance at one time or another? We can all relate to that weird feeling we get in our stomachs, the fear of the unexpected, and the pain that can result. Most of us can also relate to the same feelings of fear and anxiety when life gets out of balance. We overspend o…